THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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F__ By BUD BENJAMIN
Erica's Melting Pot...
Mt/J IAMI, FLA.-They call this the land of milk and honey, but it's a mis-
nomer. The milk is colored a pretty amber shade, fizzes slightly when
mixed with appropriate amopnts of ice and soda, and is not recommended for
babies or undernourished chorines. The honey walks across the scorching
sands of Miami Beach clad in bathing suits that seem'unable to withstand
the rigors of a healthy sneeze. This is the land of scotch and soda, of $20
per day hotel rates, of $5 cover charges, of million dollar estates, half million
dollar yachts, thousand dollar bingo pots, and five cent racing forms.
This town is a melting pot, a seething, bbbling, overflowing caldron
of humanity. Here congregate your worshipers of the sun-young and
old, rich and poor, fat and thin. They pour into this town from every
state in the union-north, south, east, and west. They sprawl their
assorted frames along the miles of beach that have made this America's
leading winter resort center of the nation. They jam the streets, fill the
hotels, cram the racetracks, pack the gambling houses, mob the theatres,
and pile into habitats ranging from the 50 cent flop house to the austere
surroundings of the Roney Plaza, the Fleetwood, the Surfside, or the
MeFadden-Deauville, where one pays $20 and up per day for a closet
with a window.
No stereotyped populace is Miami's winter time mass. They range from
the Vanderbilts, the Firestones, and the Astors to the hoi-poloi of the track,
the gambling house, and the underworld. Every important finagler, racing
tout, and swindler has at some time invaded this metropolis, and they are
in abundance in 1939.
Money; is spnt with an abandon, a gusto, and a nonchalance 'that is
breathtaking. Limousines seem to come by the gross. Sixteen cylinder con-
vertible sedans are commonplace. In the nightclubs they hang from the
chandeliers to pay a $50 check for an evening's entertainment. The harbors
ar'e overtaxed by the influx of yachts.
Miami, indeed, is a town tinged with the green of Uncle Sam's favorite
product. Wealth is everywhere, and this correspondent has watched the
show with an amazed eye. Breadlines, W.P.A., and starving families eking
out a meagre pittance seem tigmas of another society.
Moulded, thus, by the wealth of America, Miami is indescribably
beautiful. Basking daily in a 75 to 90 degree sun, its elegant Spanish
architecture, its superb landscaping, and its unique flair for color lend
it an atmosphere that is different from any other in the nation. Every-
thing here is different, more grandiose, more expensive.
Sports are the chief diversion of the amusement-mad population.
The town offers everything from ice hockey to jai-alai, but more of this
tomorrow when I will try to give a brief resume of what one may see
in the sports realm of the town.
RANDOM JOTTINGS:-Tony Galento, who, I understand, gave an odifer-
ous performance in Detroit a few weeks ago, is down here to slam Abe
Feldnan, a punch-drunk has-been, silly next week . . . Tony is giving the
same act, to wit "I'll moider de bum" to the local yokels but the town is sur-
prisingly cold to the beer-guzzler . . . A well-screened heckler incensed the
fat.boy plenty during the welcoming ceremonies by yelling out: "Hey, Tony,
ever been in a straight fight?" . . . Galento was ready to take on the house
after that one . . . Seen at beautiful Hialeah race track: A very brown Hank
Greenberg looking for his pari-mutuel ticket aided by an eyeful with red
hair and sun glasses . . . It seems Hankus had played a 20 to 1 shot and
won, but the Tiger first sacker couldn't locate his winning stub . . . And the
gal friend found it, much to Hank's delight . . . Note to aspiring journalists:
For encouragement, I recommend that you' take a peep at Damon Runyon's
mansion on Palm Island here . . . It's a dream . . . Viewed proceedings as
Walter Winchell broadcasted last Sunday night, and that guy is dynamite
. . Rudy Vallee, who took boxing lessons after getting pasted by George
White a couple of years ago, was hauled into court here after striking a 17
year old bus boy in the ritzy Royal Palm club . . . The kid barged into him
with some plates as the dear fellow was about to take an encore . . . And
tough guy Rudy slugged him, according to five witnesses . . . Rudy and
one other gentleman (his secretary) insisted MVM. Vallee did not swing . .
He was acquitted! . . . Someone will have to chop Rudy down to his proper
size in the near future if he continues this pugilistic belligerence . . . Toast
of the town is Don Meade who has ridden 53 winners at Hialeah to date
. . . Don was reinstated this year after a two and a half year suspension
levied when he was caught betting aginst his own mounts . . . The wisecres
claim he's absolutely straight now and his performance seems to prove it
. They're hoping that New York reinstates him this summer, which is
doubtful . . This column is being written at the Miami Daily News which is
a typical newspaper office . . . Some stranger just came up and asked me
to loan him a half a buck.
Basketball Team Heads West
Hoping For Win Over Maroons
Ross Faulkner, Michigan's ace
quarter-miler, is expected to do a lot1
of running for Charley Hoyt's thin-
clads at the Illinois Relays tomor-
row. Ross turned in a 48.6 quarter1
as anchor man of the record-equal-
ing relay team which defeateds
Michigan State last Tuesday.
* * *.
Full Team Leaves Today
Coach Charlie Hoyt yesterday,
named the 28-man squad which will
leave late this, afternoon for the
Illinois relays, billed as the nation's
largest indoor 'track event.
Those making the trip are Capt.
Bill Watson, Al SmithrCarleCulver,'
Paul Kromer, Elmer Gedeon, Stan
Kelley, Jeff Hall, John Kutsche, Sher-
man Olmsted, Bob Hook, Tom Law-
ton, Dave Cushing, Wes Allen, Don
Canham and Jim Monahan.
Others who will be entered in relay
events, are Warren Breidenbach, Phil
Balyeat, Doug Hayes, Ross Faulkner,
Harold Davidson, Karl Wisner,
Ralph Schwarzkopf, Brad Heyl, Jack
Dobson, Ed Barrett, Tom Jester, Dye
Hogan and Jack Leutritz.
Wolverines Are Favorites
Michigan entries will be top-heavy
favorites in many of the individual
events as well as in the relays. De-
fending champions Bill Watson, El-
mer Gedeon and Wes Allen should be
good for victories and the Wolverines
are much stronger in the relays than
they were last year when their com-
binations took down one first, two
seconds and a fourth.
Elmer Gedeon will be defending his
75-yard high hurdles championship
and Jeff Hall will be entered in the
highs and lows. Sophomore Hall has
worked his way up to the number
three spot among the hurdlers and as
Coach Hoyt has elected to start his
veteran combination of Gedeon, Kel-
ley, Kutsche, and Olmsted in the
shuttle relays, Jeff is ticketed for the
Bill Watson snould take down two
individual titles this year, the shot
put which he won last year with a
toss of 50 ft. 3 7/8 in., and the broad
jump in which he was runner up last
year. Bob Hook and Tom Lawton,
improving sophomore weight stars,
are other Michigan shot put entries.
Allen Stands Alone
' Wes Allen should have things all to
himself in the high jump and will
probably get most of his competition
from team-mate Don Canham.
Michigan wlil be represented in the
sprints by Al Smith, who is well on
the comeback trail, Carl Culver, and
Paul Kromer. Jim Monahan, also a
sprinter, is entered in the special 300-
Dave Cushing, who is just getting
in shape after a muscle injury, will
compete in the pole vault.
A campus dance band is to be
organized Friday, February 17,
at 5 o'clock in Room 302, Mich-
igan Union. Exeryone interested
is invited to attend. Do not
bring your instruments.
For State Meet
Captain Nichols, Mericka,
Jordan, Seek Fifth Win-;
Combs Makes Debut 1
With one more practice session re-
maining before their encounter with
the Michigan State Spartans tomor-
row night at the Field House, Michi-
gan's varsity wrestlers are rapidly
approaching peak form as the result
of intensive workouts since the start
of the week.
The Wolverine squad appears to be
in its best physical condition since the
beginning of the season, with not a,
single man in the starting lineup
bothered with anything of more than
a trivial nature. In addition, the
problem of making weight classes
which was so prevalent at the start
of the season has been eliminated by
155-pounder Bill Combs' elevation to
Morgan Sheds Weight f
Previously, with the 155-pound div-
ision an unknown quantity, Coach
Keen found it necessary to draft men
of other classes to perform in this,
class in search of a victory. Frank
Morgan, weighing 170 pounds before
the opening meet with Indiana, was
called upon to shed 15 pounds in the
short space of a week in order to step
out of his class.
At the same time, Dick Tasch also
had to do a good job of reducing
to make Morgan's vacated 165-pound
slot. Both men lost their matches
and looked unusually weak in doing
so, and it was quite evident that their
reduced weight had taken the edge off
Michigan At Full Strength
As things stand now, each man will
perform Saturday in his rightful class,
and all are quite prepared as far as
condition is concerned to meet their
State opponents. Tom Weidig will
open the meet at 121 pounds, Andy
Sawyer, seeking his first win of the
season, will perform at 128, and un-
defeated Jim Mericka will start at
136 as will Capt. Harold Nichols, also
undefeated, at 145.
Sophomore Bill Combs, speedy 155-
pounder, makes his debut at this
weight, Frank Morgan gets the nod at
165, and Don Nichols will seek to
make it four straight for the season
at 175, as will Forrest "Butch" Jor-
dan in the heavyweight division.
The feature match of the meet
promises to be that between two un-
defeated rivals; Don Nichols of the
Wolverines and Steve Slezak of the
Spartans in the 175-pound class.
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Crushing a small minor league
hockey team on Wednesday night,
Coach Eddie Lowrey's Wolverine
hockey sextet showed a handful off
Michigan fans that they still have thek
power to win a hockey game.
Although walking off the ice with
the 6 to 2 score in their favor, if the
forward line of Cooke, Chadwick and
Hillberg had capitalized on all their
scoring possibilities, it would have
turned into a slaughter of the Wood-
More than once both Cooke and
Chadwick had only the 16-year old
goalie of the Woodstock team to beat,
a thing which former Michigan men
9 out of 10 times have ,been able to
do, yet these two. forwards simply
placed the puck into goalie Bugg's
Nine Straight Wins
Against Woodstock these faults had'
no real effect on the final score.'
However when the Wolverines come
up against Waterloo Saturday nigh
at the Coliseum such mistakes will
mean the difference between another
win, or whether the small Michigan
team will fall back into the losing
Wednesday's game can easily be
considered a practice game which
prepared the Wolverines for their next
four games. Should Michigan be able
to break Waterloo's present winning
streak of nine straight, they will have
but a few days to rest before they
come up against their old friends the
Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
Four Hard Games
When the smoke has cleared away
from the rink in Minneapolis the
home team will be forced on March 1
to meet one of the leading collegiate
hockey teams of Canada, namely the
University of Toronto.
With his revised lineup Coach Low-
rey hopes that enough fight can be
obtained from his faltering squad to
go out and upset the potent Waterloo
team. Capt. Les Hillberg was one
Michigan man who came through
with each scoring opportunity that
caine to him, as was shown by the
way he scored five of the six Michigan
Al Chadwick received assists on
three of Hillberg's goals while Cooke
failed to add much in the way of scor-
ing punch. Bert Stodden and Larry
combination which will remain as
such the rest of the season.
Michigan To Face Undefeated
Waterloo Team Saturday Night
The 880 yard relays will be the next
big event of the Intramural Indepen-
dent card. The relay teams will be
composed of four men, each of .whom
will run 220 yards. The teams which
turn in the four best times will quali-
fy for the finals which will be a spe-
cial attraction of the Ohio State
track meet, March 3.
The preliminary running will be
done at Yost Field House Tuesday
evening, Feb. 21, from 7:30 to 8:30.
Entries may be phoned in any time
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Still gunning for their third Con-
ence victory, an 11 man Michigan
sketball squad heads west on the
e o'clock train today for Chicago
.ere tomorrow night they meet a
wn-trodden Chicago quintet.
Centers Jim Rae and John Nichol-
i who are still incapacitated will
tmake the trip and their absence
s two ineligibilities makes room
three reserves on the travelling
tad. Veteran Freddie Trosko and
homores Harold Westerman and
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k twelve man safari will leave Ann
bor at 1 p.m. today to -renew its.
mmirI feud with Ohio State Sat-
lay afternoon in Columbus.
vakin gthe trip in three cars ,will
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Ed Hutchens, Jim Welsh, Bill
imes, all free stylers; Bill Beebe
I Charley Barker, who swim both
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After the Chicago contest, the
Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor
since no game is scheduled for Mon-,
day. They play one more game away
from home-against Purdue next
Saturday-and then wind up the sea-
son with three home tilts taking on
Ohio State, Indiana, and Northwes-
tern in that order.
Two More Yankees Sign
NEW YORK, Feb. 16.-,()-The
New York Yankees' list of unsigned
players was reduced to 10 today when
Bump Hadley, veteran pitcher, and
Babe Dahlgren, reserve infielder,
sent in their signed contracts to Pres-
ident Ed Barrow.
Wayne 64, Western (Mich.) State
Central (Mich.) State Teachers 35,
Northern (Mich.) State Teachers 22.
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